's a staple for Louisiana. And you can get a taste of a gumbo cookoff in Natchitoches. It's part of the NSU Folk Festival, which is coming up July 20th at Prather Coliseum. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Festival-goers can begin tasting gumbo at 4:30 p.m. and judging starts at 6. The winners will be announced at 7:30.

There's no entry fee, and there will be categories for professional chefs and amateurs in the seafood and poultry plus categories. A showmanship and people's choice award will also be presented.

There is a slight catch...all gumbo must be cooked on site outside Prather Coliseum. Entries will be judged on appearance, aroma, consistency, texture and flavor.

For more information, contact Angela Kimbrough at, or call (318) 357-4332.